Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.
Eccotique Spas beautify the denizens of Vancouver with soothing, often earth-friendly products, practices, and services in an easygoing manner that truly befits its West Coast style. For clients whose faces are covered in skin rather than a flaky butter crust, Eccotique flaunts a line-up of facials to suit nearly every type, tone, and texture. The Outer Peace Acne Relief facial treats acne symptoms and causes, preventing future pore prison breaks, and the Beyouthful facial helps manage aging epidermis. In lieu of at-home belt-sander treatments, Eccotique soothes wizened visages with a Radiant Resurfacing facial, smoothing skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. All facials last one hour, and are administered by Eccotique's trained staff.
The aestheticians at Mint Your Health customize treatments to help heal and beautify skin. They use Eminence Organic Skin Care products during facial and body treatments, employing the solutions’ herb and fruit extracts to clean pores and exfoliate away dull cells. The jalapeño hot facial works to detoxify, purify, and brighten the skin, and the anti-aging tightening facial addresses the wrinkles and grape jelly stains accumulated over time. The staff can also create tailored facials that treat specific skin needs, such as rosacea or uneven pigmentation.
Laser beams reign at All Body Laser Corp., second only to president and CEO Marina Bosnjak who oversees the company’s cosmetic services and is proficient in a slew of laser procedures with diode, Alexandrite, and Nd:YAG beams. She and her skilled staff of certified technicians operate the laser clinic to help patients evict unwanted aesthetic accessories from skin including hair, spider veins, tattoos, and pigmentation. At the facility's training institute, which has trained more than 400 students to date including doctors and dermatologists, pupils master the clinic’s cosmetic laser skills, bringing them to their own places of business or using them to heat up cold lunch meat.
The Smart Tan–certified team at Tan de Soleil assists clients in getting the best out of their experiences by keeping immaculate tanning studios stocked with modern tanning beds and spray-tan booths. Before customers slip into a KBL lay-down bed or a Sun Capsule VHR stand-up unit, the staff provides them with sanitized protective eyewear and towels. They also change the bulbs in those beds regularly to keep them at optimal tanning efficiency.
For UV-free tans, the crew educates its guests about the use of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths for custom tans with solutions that moisturize and nourish skin. These tanning booths can gild tanners in about 60 seconds, but for those who wish to take their time, the studios come equipped with a vanity area. In there, guests lounge and use supplied nail files, hairspray, gel, and beauty products to get ready for the rest of their days. The space also allows for phone conversations so customers don’t have to feel intrusive when making personal calls or leaving in-your-face messages on King Midas’s voicemail.
Using her 25 years of experience, expert stylist Susanne works with each guests' face shape and fashion sensibilities to customize a flattering hairstyle. She specializes in both haircuts and colouring services, and she often shares wisdom about hair care techniques as she snips away split ends or conditions hair with hot oil.